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Nickel Free Belts: A New Movement in Men’s Accessories

Nickel Free Belts: A New Movement in Men’s Accessories
Nickel Free Belts: A New Movement in Men’s Accessories

Belts are a necessary part of every guy’s wardrobe. They keep your shirt tucked in and your pants on your waist. They can even add an extra touch of style to your look. But belts could also be the source of great frustration and discomfort when you least expect it. Imagine the following scenario.

5 Unbeatable Spring Cleaning Tips to Simplify Your Life

5 Unbeatable Spring Cleaning Tips to Simplify Your Life

Now that spring is in full bloom, it’s time to take care of the dreaded annual task of spring cleaning. It sounds ominous, but spring cleaning is good for more than your home, it’s a great way to relieve stress while making your space feel fresh and giving you the space to enjoy your home and yard during the most beautiful seasons of the year. If thinking about spring cleaning gives you anxiety, try these 5 simple spring cleaning tips to help you get the most from your efforts.

The Best Belts to Wear While Traveling

The Best Belts to Wear While Traveling

Traveling can be a fun yet drawn out process. While you’re in transit, you want to be as comfortable as possible. Unfortunately, traditional men’s belts make comfort an unattainable goal regardless of how relaxed the rest of your look is. Classic belts tend to dig into your side or pinch your skin during periods of prolonged sitting. When you’re traveling, you need something softer and more flexible. Your belt should never be a source of discomfort or inconvenience. The following belt styles are ideal for long trips. They offer not only easy comfort but also great, masculine style.

The Best Ways to Carry Cash While Traveling

The Best Ways to Carry Cash While Traveling

Summer is a season when most Americans hit the road for their annual vacations. Whether it’s a road trip across the country or an international expedition, all travelers have one thing in common—a need to keep their money safe. Taking cash on vacation is a great way to stick to a daily spending budget and avoid racking up credit card debt. However, it can be intimidating to carry a large amount of money in your wallet. From pickpockets to overspending, your travel cash can be a big liability. If you’re determined to keep your money protected, consider these options.

5 Ways to Make Every Beach Trip a Success

5 Ways to Make Every Beach Trip a Success

June is a big month for beach activity. Some folks are lucky enough to live in tropical locations where the beach is in their backyard. Others are gearing up for some vacation time in their favorite coastal city. Regardless of the purpose, all of us want our beach trips to be safe, fun, and memorable. To ensure you have a great time, keep the following 5 tips in mind.

Scratch-Proof Belts: Multifaceted Accessories with Loads of Benefits

Scratch-Proof Belts: Multifaceted Accessories with Loads of Benefits

Belts are often a mandatory part of a guy’s outfit. They’re the piece that pulls a look together while also serving the very basic function of holding up your trousers or shorts. However, when you’re involved in numerous outdoor or construction activities, your belt can become problematic. For example, think about the last time you waxed your car. It takes a lot of climbing and reaching to cover every applicable inch of your car with wax. Consequently, it takes just as much effort to retrace your steps and finish off the job. If you wear a belt while doing this task, you could end up with some devastating scratches on your vehicle all from your belt buckle. With scratch-proof belts, you can perform work like this without causing

Impress Your Guests With a Stylish Summer Party

Impress Your Guests With a Stylish Summer Party

Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply want an excuse to show off your home renovations or get your friends and family all in one place, throwing a stylish summer party at your home is a great way to kick off the warmest season. From the decor to the refreshments, to your own personal style, there are many ways to wow your guests as you enjoy the gathering together.

Get the Most Out of Your Family's Fishing Trip

Get the Most Out of Your Family's Fishing Trip

For many families, a fishing trip represents several things. It’s an opportunity for the entire unit to bond. It’s a chance for the dad to pass on intergenerational skills to his children. And most important, it’s a way to keep fresh food on the table. Though successful fishing trips require focus and proficiency, that doesn’t mean they can’t be enjoyable. The next time you and your family head to your favorite fishing spot, heed these tips to make the most of your trek.

5 Things to Know Before Boating for the First Time

5 Things to Know Before Boating for the First Time

With Memorial Day just off in the distance, it’s almost time for sun-filled days out on the open seas. If you’re an experienced boater, you already know the drill. But if you’re a first-timer, there’s a few basics you need to understand before your initial outing. Boating is about more than cracking open a cold one, listening to your favorite tunes and sunbathing. You need to consider everything from proper attire and safety precautions to laws and regulations. Here’s a quick checklist to heed before planning your first trip.

Get Off the Beaten Path: 3 Atlantic Ocean Cities

Get Off the Beaten Path: 3 Atlantic Ocean Cities

When you plan your summer vacation, you’re thinking about beautiful beaches, great food, and relaxation. Spanning from the rural coasts of Maine to the contemporary shores of Miami, there’s no shortage of hotspots to visit. But one thing that can ruin your getaway is overcrowding. Visiting well-known destinations means long waits for restaurants, few vacant spots on the beach, and lots of traffic. This summer, get off the beaten path and visit one of these 3 lesser known but equally thrilling Atlantic Ocean cities.

5 Outdoor Essentials Every Guy Needs

5 Outdoor Essentials Every Guy Needs

This year, you’ve resolved to get back in touch with nature. You want to take more camping trips and spend more time outdoors. It’s an admirable goal—one that will greatly benefit you and those around you. But if it’s been awhile since your last excursion, it might be a great idea to double-check your supplies. As fun as getting outdoors can be, you need to be properly prepared for whatever comes your way. No guy should head out into wide open spaces without these essentials.

Beat The Heat With These Breezy Sailing Adventures

Beat The Heat With These Breezy Sailing Adventures

Summer is a beautiful time of year to take a getaway with your family and your sailboat. While there are many perks to sailing around your local harbors, a sailing adventure somewhere new can serve as the perfect opportunity to connect with your family or your spouse, while resetting your internal batteries before you head back to the daily grind. As a sailing enthusiast, you already know that the best sailing excursions are in beautiful areas with fair weather and good company. This summer, why not try some of these memorable sailing adventures with handpicked accessories to match.

Camping Is as Popular as Ever; Here's Why

Camping Is as Popular as Ever; Here's Why

In this current age of interconnectivity, communing with nature doesn’t seem like a priority for many. We’re glued to our newsfeeds, losing hours of our days to trending topics and viral videos. We’re more apt to spend our nights with Chewbacca Mom than sprawled out on a patch of grass under the stars. But contrary to what digital trends might suggest, camping is at an all-time high. It seems there are millions of us who want to log off and get back outdoors.

Choosing the Perfect Belt and Deciding How Many to Own

Choosing the Perfect Belt and Deciding How Many to Own

Though you might pay little attention to your belt, it serves some important purposes in your daily looks. A great belt keeps your pants perfectly planted around your waist so your outfit stays intact all day long. A strong belt choice also adds continuity to your look while offering you a subtle way to show off your personality. All too often, men choose their belts as an afterthought. They’ll wear the same belt day in and day out, slide on a dress belt for casual affairs, and choose the wrong material for the texture of their outfit. It’s time to recognize the importance of a well-made belt. Once you do, you can choose the perfect one and line up a few special belts that suit your every need.

5 Summer Activities

If you love the outdoors, summer is the season that works in your favor. Sweltering temperatures, tons of sunlight, and trips to the beach are just a few benefits. Once it’s warm enough to spend your days outside, the possibilities are endless. And so, figuring out your summer itinerary can be overwhelming. Though there’s no need to worry. Make sure your summer includes the following five activities at bare minimum, and you’ll make the most of the warmest months on the calendar.

The Best U.S. Locations to Get Outdoors

The Best U.S. Locations to Get Outdoors

You’ve decided to go camping and jump in on the year’s biggest trend. But where do you go? Depending on where you live, there may not be any immediately accessible campgrounds in your area. You might be in for a long haul to make your camping trip a dream come true. Luckily, there are dozens of gorgeous camping sites throughout the country that will make any trip worthwhile. Here are a few highlights.

Try These Easy Sun Safety Tips This Summer

Try These Easy Sun Safety Tips This Summer

With July nearly halfway over, it’s likely that most of your weekend plans involve time spent outside. Nothing feels better than the combination of fresh air and the sun’s warmth, but spending a lot of time in direct sunlight can be dangerous. Instead of missing out on enjoyable outdoor activities by staying inside, keep the whole family safe and have fun with these simple sun safety tips!

Best Bags and Wallets to Lighten Your Load on the Road

Best Bags and Wallets to Lighten Your Load on the Road

Whenever you fly, you probably notice the increasing number of people with carry-on luggage. These people are focused on simplification. Whether they’re headed off to London for a week or Dallas for a day trip, these people understand the value of traveling light, and they’ve purchased the necessary luggage to do so. Don’t look at them with scorn as they try to shove their rolling suitcases into the overhead compartment. Follow their lead. Invest a little extra in some bags and wallets that can help you lighten your load when you’re away from home. You’ll be amazed at how much easier travel becomes.

What to Wear When Boating

What to Wear When Boating

We’ve all seen the photos of the Kennedys on boats throughout the decades. There’s that infamous shot of the impeccably dressed family watching the 1962 America’s Cup Race from a sprawling vessel. There’s another one in which JFK sits on a U.S. Coast Guard yacht sporting ultimate style from his tortoise shell sunglasses down to his blue dress socks. And there’s the one from 1953, where JFK and his wife Jackie are outfitted in matching white shirts and khaki shorts. Sure, this family had its hands in politics but they sure knew how to nail boating style. As you gear up for your seasonal boating trips, here’s a few tips to achieve Kennedy-level boating style.

Skip The St Patrick’s Day Shirts - Get Matching Belts For The Whole Squad

Skip The St Patrick’s Day Shirts - Get Matching Belts For The Whole Squad

With spring just around the corner and the stale chill of winter fading from the air, a holiday approaches that many see as an opportunity to emerge from their homes and celebrate the arrival of a season with a cold glass of beer. Saint Patrick’s Day gets its name from an Irish festival called The Day of the Festival of Patrick. It’s a celebration with both cultural and religious origins. Today, the holiday is above all, an opportunity to gather with groups of friends,

Discover the Best National Parks with a Memorable Road Trip

Discover the Best National Parks with a Memorable Road Trip

As the final month of summer approaches, you’re likely beginning to think about the best ways to make the most of the good weather while spending time with your loved ones. If you have the vacation time, an incredible way to end the summer with a bang is by making memories with a family road trip to a National Park. Depending on where you live, you may even be able to visit more than one of the 58 stunning national parks in the US!

Sunday Best: Creative Ways to Dress Up Young Boys for Easter

Sunday Best: Creative Ways to Dress Up Young Boys for Easter

With Easter just around the corner, it’s time to figure out what to wear for the annual holiday. Unlike other holidays, Easter brings with it a specific dress code steeped in bold colors, light fabrics, adventure and elegance. Surely, Dad will dress himself in a suit with a bright tie or pocket square. If he’s brave enough, he might even go for a lightly colored ensemble in pastel blue or white. But what about your little guy? Considering the bulk of the day’s activities (i.e. Easter egg hunts) will probably revolve around him, he should be dressed for success.

5 Father's Day Gfts for Outdoorsy Dads

5 Father's Day Gfts for Outdoorsy Dads

For the outdoorsman, there’s nothing worse than receiving another pair of socks or cuff links on Father’s Day. Unlike Mother’s Day, in which flowers and brunch seem to be a no-brainer, Father’s Day tends to stump even the best gift givers. Like any parent, dads want (and expect) a little originality in their gifts. The outdoorsman is looking for something that adds value to his daily life. If you’re unsure of what to purchase, try one of these five options, and you’ll make his special day extra memorable.

This Holiday, Give the Gift of Custom Accessories

Planning your holiday shopping list can be challenging as each person in your life has different interests and individual styles. We all want the person receiving our gift to truly love it and there is no better way to to do that than purchase them a custom accessory. Custom accessories are the best kind of gifts because they are unique, thoughtful, something not typically purchased for oneself, and can be sentimental. Not sure who in your life would love a custom accessory? We think everyone would!

The Must-Have Spring Accessories of 2016

The Must-Have Spring Accessories of 2016

With winter’s cold weather melting into buds, blossoms, and sunny skies, it’s undeniable that spring is here. Along with your spring cleaning, fix-it projects, and yard maintenance tasks, springtime is a great opportunity to refresh your wardrobe. Your spring wardrobe overhaul should begin with getting rid of things you don’t need, then finding new ways to breathe life into older pieces.

One of the best ways to transform last year’s style into something that feels fresh and fun for spring activities is by incorporating new

Add Flair to Back to School Outfits with Stylish Accessories

Add Flair to Back to School Outfits with Stylish Accessories

It’s nearly September, and for families around the country, that means preparing for the back-to-school season! For your kids, the thought of heading back to school is both exciting and terrifying. Their personal style is in a state of growth and transformation, so back to school shopping can be a challenge; both for you and for them.

As much as they might protest, it makes sense to purchase more classic staple pieces and fewer trendy items. With the basics, your child can

The Best Buckle Materials for the Outdoors

The Best Buckle Materials for the Outdoors

Since the beginning of time, belts have been fastened with metal buckles. Literally since the beginning of time. Tracing back to the 7th century, metal buckles were used as a form of decorative fashion. They were often carved with elaborate designs before evolving into the standard issue buckle of today. Though tradition dictates metal buckles, they can be problematic for men with metal allergies, and they can be unfashionable. Not to mention, they can be a real source of pain at the airport. Luckily, new buckle materials are relieving some of the headaches associated with metal buckles.

The Basics of BBQ

The Basics of BBQ
Barbecuing is an art and time-honored tradition. A juicy, medium rare steak. Succulent hamburger patties. Crisp grill marks on hot dogs. Summer and great barbecue go hand in hand. However, unlike cooking in the kitchen, firing up the grill takes practice, patience, and skill. If this is your first summer attempting to master the art of BBQ, there’s a few things you should know before you get started.

Belts with No Holes Are a Beautiful Thing

Since you were a young man, the adult men in your life probably forced the traditional belt into your wardrobe. On the surface, it makes sense. Traditional belts, with their pre-punched holes and flashy metal buckles, are available everywhere. They’re widely accepted as the gold standard for semi-formal and formal dressing. Their popularity and longevity will continue for years to come. However, not every occasion calls for a traditional leather belt. There are dozens of casual scenarios in which a traditional belt is too dressy. For a Saturday afternoon of running errands or an afternoon spent in the park at a picnic, you need something relaxed. This is where belts without holes come in. Once the exclusive

Get Outside With Outdoor Accessories This Spring

Get Outside With Outdoor Accessories This Spring

Spring is here, the season when the grass turns green, flowers bloom, and the sun greets us a little earlier each morning. The arrival of this warm and pleasant season marks the beginning of a season of outdoor activities. From cocktail parties in the garden, to golfing, hiking, sailing, and more; spring is truly the perfect time to get outside.

Spending more time outdoors doesn’t mean that you have to compromise your personal style. In fact, it can be a great opportunity to show a whole

Discover the Best White Mountain Hikes for Your Family

Discover the Best White Mountain Hikes for Your Family

The White Mountains, located in the beautiful state of New Hampshire have attracted tourists from around the world for centuries. The mountains, known best for the stunning and challenging Presidential Range offer the combination of scenic beauty and crisp New England air that attract hikers and backpackers of all levels. If hiking sounds like an appealing adventure for you and your family, then the end of summer or beginning of fall is the ideal season to head for the hills. If you’re not sure of which hike will best suit your unique requirements or level of experience, take a look at the ideas below and get ready to hit the trail!

5 Fun Things to Do Outdoors for Spring

5 Fun Things to Do Outdoors for Spring

Spring is officially here. You’ll probably hear people talking about the vernal equinox and shifts in weather patterns. None of that is important. What really matters is the return of sunny days. You’ve spent January and February binge watching Narcos on your couch and pounding back pale ale while you watched the game at your local bar. But now it’s time for a change. After being cooped up inside all winter, it’s time to get back outdoors. If you’re at a loss for how to get started, try these activities.

Fitness & The Great Outdoors

Fitness & The Great Outdoors

Summer is a tough season to stay committed to your workout routine. Who wants to be trapped inside a dark gym when you can spend time outdoors? Luckily, this season is the perfect opportunity to get the best of both worlds. There are several creative ways for you to get fit and enjoy some fun in the sun.

Discover Holiday Traditions from Around the World

From Tinsel to Temple - Discover Holiday Traditions from Around the World

The Christmas season is a time of year for tradition and celebration. One of the most familiar traditions in Western culture is to bring decorated trees into our homes. We venture into the woods, or to a farm, and choose the perfect tree to string with lights and decorate with our most beloved ornaments. Once the tree is perfectly adorned, wrapped gifts for our loved ones begin to suspiciously make their way under it. This tradition flows so deep within our culture that we have songs, stories, and even movies about the Christmas tree and what it symbolizes. As the holiday season is in full

Four Fun Spring Activities and How to Accessorize for Them

Four Fun Spring Activities and How to Accessorize for Them

Now that spring is here, it’s the perfect opportunity to get out of your house and take part in the many activities that you’ve been missing all winter. From hosting a party at your home to taking a hike, there are so many ways to get outside and enjoy the beauty of this mild season before the weather gets too hot. As a stylish individual, you already know that for every activity, there’s an ideal outfit, and choosing the right accessories can help you feel more comfortable and prepared; allowing you to enjoy the activity even more.

New Ways to Celebrate St. Patty's Day

New Ways to Celebrate St. Patty's Day

St. Patrick’s Day is a beloved holiday whether you’re Irish or not. Millions of guys around the world gather in their favorite watering holes and drink until they need to be scraped off the pub floor. But celebrating St. Patrick’s Day isn’t always about getting sloshed. After all, the original day started as a religious feast to honor Ireland’s patron saint. This year, instead of taking part in the typical festivities, why not take a different approach?

Comfortable Clothing for Canoeing

Comfortable Clothing for Canoeing

Canoeing is one of the most popular spring pastimes. With the threat of winter behind you, it’s time to paddle out on the nearest river or lake. Though canoeing seems like a relatively quiet way to spend an afternoon, it’s more physical than you’d expect. Plus, you need to be prepared for every scenario, including that unexpected dip in the water if your canoe tips over. To make sure you’re as comfortable as possible, be sure to heed the following tips when dressing for your canoeing trip.

5 Creative Ways to Spend the Fourth of July Outdoors

5 Creative Ways to Spend the Fourth of July Outdoors
The Fourth of July is right around the corner. And your social calendar is already filled with barbecues, fireworks displays, and backyard parties. But this year, you want to do something different. You want to show your patriotism, get outdoors, and make it memorable. If beer and ribs aren’t on your July 4 to-do list, it can be tough to find other things to enjoy it. Luckily, we’ve scoped out some of the most exciting outdoor options to ring in the holiday.

5 Tips to Ease Your Travel Headaches

5 Tips to Ease Your Travel Headaches

Exploring a new city or country is an enlightening experience. You can learn about a new culture, create long-lasting memories and expand your perspective of the world. But quite often, the process of getting there can be a disaster. Whether it’s the fault of your airline or your own oversights, there are several things that can go wrong and turn your big vacation into a fiasco. These five tips can help you avoid making your trip memorable for all the wrong reasons.

Host in Style With These Fresh Thanksgiving Ideas

While Christmas may steal the show during the holidays, it’s Thanksgiving that sets the tone of the season with a celebration of gratitude. Everyone takes time out from their busy lives to gather around the table and reflect on how much they have already: health, friendship, love and so much more.

Thomas Bates 2016 Gift Guide

What do you buy for the outdoorsy guy who has everything? It turns out guys who like the outdoors can never have too much! Whether it’s new gear to aid in their favorite activities or new threads to get active in style, the perfect gift is always waiting in the wings. This year, advance your guy’s outdoor events with some top-quality gifts that were tailor made for a fast-paced, active life.